Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time.
One moment, you’re cooking, washing or showering like normal – the next, the water stops, you’re hit by a blast of cold water, or the toilet backs up!
Your response to plumbing problems (like calling an emergency plumber in Bayside, stat!) can make a huge difference.
Call us quickly, and you’ll be able to avoid the worst problems.
Of course, it’s better that your situation never devolves to the point where you need an emergency plumber!
Unfortunately, our Bayside plumbers often see the same mistakes being repeated time and time again.
If you avoid these 8 common mistakes, you’re already at a much lower risk of a plumbing emergency than most! Read on to discover things our plumbers wish you knew!
8 things our Bayside plumbers wish you knew
1) Plumbing issues can’t be ignored
It may appear pretty minor right now – however, it could be a major problem in the making!
A “let’s-wait-and-see” attitude and a lack of response can turn a small issue into a costly plumbing repair if not dealt with immediately.
For example, that damp spot?
It could be a sign of a leaky pipe in your wall – one that will progressively get worse (and more expensive to fix) the longer it’s ignored!
So instead of trying to wait it out like you might have done in the past, contact an emergency plumber in Bayside to solve any of your plumbing problems early on. (And before they get worse!)
2) Don’t pour grease down the sink
We get it, really – grease isn’t fun to deal with.
You just want to clean it out as quickly as possible – and for most homeowners, the easiest way to get rid of oil and grease is to pour it into their sink.
Take it from our Bayside plumbers: pouring out oil and grease into the drain can dramatically increase the risk of clogs, especially when they solidify!
So after cooking your food, pour your grease into a jar or plastic bag, and allow it to cool. (When you do this, you will see how it solidifies – now imagine that in your pipes!)
Once cooled, you can safely dispose of it in your rubbish bin – NOT your sink.
It’s a simple measure, but it can prevent a whole host of issues that come with clogged sinks and blocked drains, such as:
- Stagnant water
- Mould and mildew build-up
- Unpleasant odours
- Clogged sinks
3) Not everything is flushable
As we’re sure you’ve noticed, toilet paper is a bit hard to get your hands on at the moment.
The UK is no different, with many Brits resorting to alternative ways of – ahem – cleaning up after themselves.
A side effect of this? A HUGE spike in the number of blocked toilets and sewers – our fellow plumbers in the UK must be having a great month!
Our Bayside plumbers would like to remind everyone that not all items, no matter how they’re marketed, are “flushable”.
Tissues, wet wipes, paper towels – while you’d think that these would go down with no problems, this is rarely the case.
In our experience, these items are among the most common toilet blockages we’re called to fix!
So instead of flushing them down your toilet bowl, throw them in the bins.
(And to all the toilet paper hoarders that caused this situation to happen in the first place, please stop!)
4) Know where your water shut-off valve is located
When a pipe bursts and leaks spring up, can you locate your water shut-off valve right on the spot?
This is something ALL homeowners should know.
The first thing you should do when you encounter a plumbing emergency is shut off your water supply to limit further damage.
Bayside plumbers advise homeowners and property owners to know the exact location of shut-off valves so that when a plumbing emergency arises, they can stop further damage while they call a licensed plumber for repairs.
In most cases, it will be somewhere in your front garden, near the property line. If you live in a rental, ask your landlord to help you identify it.)
4) Invest in a drain screen
Tissues, paper towels and wet wipes aren’t the only things that can cause a blockage – so too can hair, dirt and other debris.
Stop these common culprits from ever getting into your drains by investing in a drain screen!
Whether it’s in the kitchen sink, the bathtub or your shower cubicle, these simple mesh devices will filter these materials out, stopping them from clogging the kitchen and bathroom drain.
The best part? They’re dirt cheap and easy to come by – you can buy them at your local supermarket.
6) Know your limits with DIY
With so many DIY videos around, who can resist attempting their very own DIY plumbing?
However, our Bayside plumbers strongly advise against it!
Instead of trying your hand at DIY plumbing, entrust your plumbing to an experienced and certified plumber.
With their experience and workmanship on your side, you won’t have to worry about a botched job or a mistake leading to an uncontrollable leak or other plumbing emergencies!
Just remember that attempting DIY plumbing can even worsen your plumbing situation, and lead to a more costly repair when things DO go wrong.
7) Schedule regular plumbing maintenance
Why waste time and money having a Bayside plumber do regular plumbing maintenance on your plumbing system? This is a common myth that many homeowners believe.
It’s also dead wrong!
Did you know that the majority of your plumbing issues can be avoided through regular inspections?
While we can’t speak for other plumbers, our plumbing team offers FREE inspection reports for Bayside residents.
We understand that it can be a bit hard to justify the extra spend when there’s nothing visibly wrong. That’s why we make our inspections free-of-charge.
Our team will turn up and inspect your home plumbing system, identifying faults and issues.
And if we find an issue, we’ll provide a cost-effective on-the-spot fix.
8) Only a contact a licensed and certified emergency plumber in Bayside
Not all plumbers are the same.
A dodgy plumbing fix might be cheaper, but oftentimes, it can result in bigger problems further down the line. Many of the jobs our emergency plumbers are called to involve fixing the mistakes of a previous plumber who wasn’t up to par!
Don’t let this happen to you. When emergencies arise, make sure you choose a trusted team.
Need an emergency plumber in Bayside?
You need Watermaster Plumbing!
Everyone will face an emergency plumbing situation at least once in their lives. The only difference is knowing who to call when this happens.
Now, we don’t mean to brag, but our plumbers are some of the best in the business.
With 20 years’ of experience (including working with major Melbourne landmarks and large projects), our team is more than capable of looking after your domestic plumbing.
Watermaster plumbers provide efficient and reliable plumbing solutions for all sorts of plumbing problems:
- Blocked toilet
- Gas plumbers
- Blocked drains
- Burst pipes
- Roof leaks
- Shower leaks
- Plumbing maintenance
- Drain cleaning
- Hot water problems